Mystery Men clumsily spoofed superhero movies before the genre even really took flight

For whatever reason, a lot of the early superhero movies were also superhero-movie parodies. Before the genre was fully formed—before it was even close to fully formed—movies were using it as grist for jokes. The idea, I think, was that the superhero was a ridiculous and outdated form of American cultural lore, the…

Stormy Daniels and a lot of other famous people tell Trump to resign on Saturday Night Live

With Donald Glover (and Donald Glover as Childish Gambino) tandem-hosting last night’s Saturday Night Live, there wasn’t much room for anyone else. At least that was true during the rest of the quite solid show, but the traditional political cold open brought in seemingly every famous SNL alum and host who was in New…

Robert De Niro and Ben Stiller meet as Robert Mueller and Michael Cohen on Saturday Night Live

On last night’s solid John Mulaney-hosted Saturday Night Live, Alec Baldwin’s Donald Trump was nowhere to be seen in his traditional political cold open slot. But Kate McKinnon and Beck Bennett were on hand to take up the slack as Jeff Sessions and Mike Pence, respectively, sweating out the recent FBI raid on Trump’s…

Noah Baumbach throws the dysfunctional family reunion of the year

Just about every movie by Noah Baumbach (Kicking And Screaming, Frances Ha) is a study of prickly personalities. But with The Meyerowitz Stories (New And Selected), which arrives in select theaters and on Netflix tomorrow, the New York writer-director creates a whole family tree of neurotics, then populates it with…

Adam Sandler and Ben Stiller express brotherly love in Noah Baumbach’s moving Meyerowitz Stories

Harold Meyerowitz, the unsung artist and shitty father Dustin Hoffman plays in The Meyerowitz Stories (New And Selected), is a fresh addition to Noah Baumbach’s ever-expanding gallery of neurotic, narcissistic New Yorkers. One could be forgiven, however, for confusing him for the older, squatter version of a different…

Ben Stiller’s a sad dad in this trailer for Brad’s Status

Touring and applying for colleges is usually a big deal in a young person’s life, but in movies, it’s often a bigger deal for the parents. That’s especially the case in this trailer for Mike White’s Brad’s Status, which stars Ben Stiller as some kind of loser who goes through an existential crisis while on a college…

The rival teams from Dodgeball reunite for charity in new video

Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story has become a sports cult film of sorts—one of the best of the Frat Pack movies—telling the story of the scrappy dodgeball team at Average Joe’s gym, led by Peter La Fleur (Vince Vaughn), going against Ben Stiller’s White Goodman and the formidable Purple Cobras from his Globo Gym. The…

Cannes closes with its best movie, and we close our coverage with our favorites

Sunday is the final day of Cannes, but for yours truly, the festival ends in a couple hours, with a flight from Nice to New York. It’s been a great time: a blur of movies, hastily consumed lunches, leisurely consumed late-night dinners, long and scenic walks into town (and back), feverish debates while standing in…

Benicio Del Toro and Patricia Arquette join Ben Stiller’s prison break drama

In 2015, two convicted murderers in upstate New York’s Clinton Correctional Facility named Richard Matt and David Sweat pulled off a dramatic prison break by digging a tunnel and cutting a hole in a wall with tools that were secretly given to them by a prison employee named Tilly Mitchell—who had been having an affair…

Enjoy the suffering of others in this supercut of awkward moments

Comedy has been famously defined as “tragedy plus time.” But it could also be defined as “extremely embarrassing stuff happening to other people.” That’s the guiding philosophy behind “This Supercut Will Make You Feel Awkward,” a half-agonizing, half-exhilarating new video from Burger Fiction. That title is no idle…

Brad Pitt and Ben Stiller are teaming up for a midlife crisis comedy

Ben Stiller’s spent part of his middle age years in onscreen midlife crisis, from Greenberg to The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty to While We’re Young—hell, even Zoolander 2. And it looks like it’s time to break out the skateboard and/or wallet chain again, as Stiller’s currently in talks to join a new comedy about a man…

The 50 best comedies since 2000

Sixteen years in, our new millennium looks like a banner age for big-screen comedy, as eclectic as any that came before it. This is when Will Ferrell transformed the multiplex into a deliriously Dadaist screaming match; when Edgar Wright and David Wain perfected the art of the spoof, even as the Epic Movie crowd…

20 years ago today, Jim Carrey blew up his image with The Cable Guy

Jim Carrey got famous fast. Like a grown man birthed from the anus of a robotic rhinoceros, he emerged fully formed—an instant movie star. There are overnight success stories, and then there’s appearing in three consecutive smashes in one calendar year, despite having no major starring roles on your resumé before…

Ben Stiller is working with the author of Ho Tactics on Bitches, a new anthology series

Look, we have got a lot to unpack here, so let’s get through the basic facts of this story fast: Ben Stiller is producing a new series for Hulu, it’s an anthology about women telling their “dirty deeds and misadventures” to their hair stylist, it’s based on a Brazilian show, and it’s called Bitches. Stiller’s…